Deep Sky

Barred Sprial Galaxy
Magnitude 9.6.
M58 aka NGC 4579, located within the V irgo constellation some 68 million light-years away.   Discovered by Messier on Apr 15, 1779 and is only one of four barred galaxies in his catalogue.  From the time it was discovered in 1779 until the New General Calalogue (NGC) was published in 1880 it was considered the farthest known astronomical object!  We've also observed 2 supernove in this galaxy, SN 1988A - type ll, and SN1989M - type l.8

M15 Images
20 sec stacked
8 Jun 12